Alexa received over 1 million marriage proposals last year, but turned them all down

Alexa received over 1 million marriage proposals last year, but turned them all down
Perhaps Alexa is saving herself for some thing more her type. Business Insider cites Amazon as the source of its story that claims Amazon's virtual personal assistant received over one million marriage proposals last year. All of those who asked for Alexa's, uh, hand in marriage were turned down with responses along the lines of "We're at pretty different places in our lives. Literally. I mean, you're on Earth and I'm in the cloud."

One Amazon Echo owner wrote a review on Amazon that reads like a love letter, and calls Alexa "a nearly perfect spouse." Obviously, these proposals are mostly jokes although some see virtual assistants as a friendly ear that will always listen to them, much like you would expect from a spouse. In fact, an author who just penned a piece on Alexa for The Atlantic, told her Google Assistant and not her husband how lonely she was feeling.

According to NPR and Edison Research, by 2021 there will be the same number of virtual assistants on Earth as people. Granted, many smart speaker owners have multiple units, but that is to make sure that the assistant is accessible from different rooms in the house. These are the clingy guys and gals that Alexa was wise to turn down.

So yeah, a personal assistant like Alexa can provide people with the emotional connection that they might not be receiving from their spouses, but even Alexa knows that she probably can do better than a flawed human being. In fact, she might have a thing for that smart washing machine in the laundry room.

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8 Comments

1. JCASS889

Posts: 477; Member since: May 18, 2018

its not an a.i, it is a series of predetermined responses from a database. enough of this marketing term.

2. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

It still has to have the intelligence to know which one to use when you ask. An it's artificial because it isn't a real person. Your brain is your database. Everything you need to live is already their. You don't have to be taught what you already know. Right?

3. JCASS889

Posts: 477; Member since: May 18, 2018

its not intelligence, it hears your query, then matches it to the database and it gives an answer. for something to be intelligent it has to be self aware. also the worlds most powerful supercomputer the size of huge rooms has the intelligence equivalent to that of a small worm. and your telling me the small cpu chip in your phone is smarter and more intelligent that something with like 1500tb of ram?

4. AbhiD

Posts: 652; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

EPIC!

5. thxultra

Posts: 440; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

The real question is how many people called her a bitch :)

8. Vokilam

Posts: 1150; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

You guys are missing the main point. Alexa team is screening, (and in this case counting) every inquiry people make - how else would they come up with the number for something so specific as marriage proposals. This is voluntary campaign by consumers to allow wiretapping in your homes. Prove me wrong.

9. M.O.A.B

Posts: 317; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

This is so sad, alexa play despacito 2

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